The Buchanan High girls soccer team won the Central Section championship last week in a dramatic penalty kick shootout.
Tuesday, the Bears were on the other end, falling to La Mirada 4-1 in penalty kicks in the first round of the CIF Southern California Division I Regional.
“I’m really proud of the girls,” Bears coach Tim Carroll said. “Southern Section teams usually come in and destroy Central Section teams in these type of the playoffs. I thought our girls fought their butts off.”
The second-seeded Bears had a 1-0 lead on Taylor Phillips’ goal in the 23rd minute. La Mirada’s Brianna Perez scored on an equalizer in the 65th minute. Both teams couldn’t score in overtime.
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Buchanan senior goalkeeper Alexa Marchini said she’s happy how the season turned out.
“We came into the season, small goals at a time,” she said. “We wanted to win TRAC, we did that, and just one game at a time. We won Valley. We accomplished those two big goals and those were the two main ones. This was kind of like a bonus game and I’m really proud of my team.”
In other quarterfinal highlights:
▪ Luis Valenzuela scored two second-half goals to lift Washington Union (29-1) past Locke-Los Angeles 3-1 in a boys D-III game in Easton. Washington’s Yoni Salais scored the first goal just before halftime, but Locke tied it in the first few minutes of the second half.
▪ In D-V, the Orosi girls (29-0-2) beat Azusa 2-1 on goals by Ana Pena and Emily Gonzalez.